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Catharine and Aaron were married at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, S.C. on June 22. The bride wore a v-neck lace wedding gown with capped sleeves, accessorized with her hair in a sideswept curly updo, while the groom wore a tan suit, accessorized with an orange tie. Bridesmaids donned navy blue dresses with illusion necklines and carried bouquets of roses, hydrangeas, and irises. Guests were greeted with a wooden sign that served as the itinerary for the evening. First up, the ceremony followed by dinner, games, music, and dancing. The newlyweds’ best advice? “To remember that it’s about family and friends getting together and not fretting about the little things,” Catharine said. “No one will care about the multiple courses of food or favors. They will remember how happy you both were, and they got to share that special moment with you.” Inside the barn, tables were decorated with lace runners, mason jar centerpieces, glitter chalkboard numbers, and thank-you notes at each place setting. Believe it or not, the red velvet cake was homemade too. Yum!

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Photography: Photography by Cynthia | Venue: Anne Springs Close Greenway | Dress Designer: Allure Bridals | Bridesmaid Dresses: Monique Lhuillier | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Rentals: Creative Solutions | Caterer: Leroy Springs Catering | Hair Stylist: Kelly Stollenmaier | Officiant: Chaplin Barfield | Floral Designer: Andrea Worth | DJ: Brian Michie | Event Planner: Peggy Washko

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Alicia and Aaron were married at Murray Hill Events in Leesburg, Va. on September 7. “It had everything we were looking for,” Alicia said. “Murray Hill is a gorgeous estate that overlooks the Potomac River, and it felt like it was in the middle of nowhere but still very close to civilization.” The bride wore a sweetheart lace a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pearl necklace and fingertip-length veil, while the groom wore a dark gray suit, accessorized with a pink tie. “The pink tie started out as a joke, but when we became increasingly frustrated that we couldn’t find champagne ties that we liked, it became less of a joke and more of an option,” she said. Bridesmaids wore navy blue chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, eucalyptuses, and lavender. Following the nuptials, guests were directed to the barn where they found their seats on a vintage window panel. “The drapes and lighting used to the ceiling was the one thing that my mom insisted on,” Alicia said. “And she was right, it looked stunning.” There was even a popcorn bar! The newlyweds’ favorite moment though? “When Aaron and I danced the last dance together,” she said. “It was ‘Harvest Moon’ by Neil Young that we played because his father really wanted to hear that at our wedding.”

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Photography: SoftBox Media Photography | Venue: Murray Hill Events | Event Planner: Perfect Detail Event Planning | Dress Designer: Casablanca from Monl’s Bridal | Bridesmaid Dresses: David’s Bridal | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Holly Chapple Flowers | Hair & Makeup Artist: Bridal Beauty | Caterer: Purple Onion Catering Company | Rentals: Select Event Rentals | DJ: Musical DJs

Vintage Retro Burgundy Fall Barn Wedding in California

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 30, 2014

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Shauna and Eric were married Old Newhall Barn in Newhall, Calif. on October 13. “I loved how it fit into my vintage, rustic look,” Shauna said. “Plus, it was in our backyard and very special to my husband!” The bride wore a custom designed wedding gown with a ruffled skirt, accessorized with a sparkly gray sash and “something blue” peep-toe pumps, while the groom wore a black suit, accessorized with a white bow tie and initialed cufflinks. “Our first look, I was so nervous because it was like meeting him for the first time again,” she said. Inside the barn, fabric draped from the ceiling’s wooden beams and mason jar candles hung from the walls during the ceremony. Tables were then decorated with burgundy linens, lace, and silhouette pictures during the reception. Notice it served double-duty? If dinner wasn’t enough, the dessert display was! Guests could pick and choose between lollipops, pumpkin pies, apple pie pops, chocolates, cookies, and taffies. At the end of the night, the newlyweds exited in a 1950s Hudson automobile with a “Just Married” sign hand painted on the back window along with soda cans trailing from behind. Not to mention the sea of sparklers too! Their best advice: “Hire a wedding planner!” Shauna said. “At least for the day of. It’ll make everything run smoothly.”

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Photography: Becca Rillo Photography | Venue: Old Newhall Barn | Event Planner: Tricia Dalgren | Dress Store: David’s Bridal | Shoes: Badgley Mischka | Bridesmaid Dresses: Watters from Lili Bridals | Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Floral Designer: Claire’s Flowers | Cake: Portos Bakery | DJ: Battleson Entertainment | Caterer: Ann Taylor | Officiant: Max Plummer | Hair Stylist: Andrea Neal | Makeup Artist: Felicia Latour

Natural Mountainside Summer Barn Wedding in Montana

Posted by Caitlin on Apr 29, 2014

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Carie and Chris were married at Springhill Pavilion in Belgrade, Mont. on August 23. Since the couple first met while mountain biking, it only made sense that the wedding would take place outdoors at the base of Ross Peak overlooking Big Sky Country. The bride wore a v-neck lace fit ‘n’ flare wedding gown, accessorized with cowboy boots, while the groom wore a  three-piece tan suit, accessorized with a pink tie. Bridesmaids wore black chiffon dresses and carried bouquets of roses, dahlias, thistles, and greenery. Before the guests arrived, the two opted to do a first look that brought each to tears. The ceremony began with the processional as the most adorable ring bearers walked down black labrador retrievers, and ended with the recessional as the newlyweds fist pumped. Probably the most notable of the reception is that of its history dating back to 1907. Clearly hung is a sign that says, “Oh the stories these old walls could tell.” Tables were decorated with burlap runners and mason jar centerpieces atop wooden slabs. Our favorite detail? The personalized koozie favors that included a “You were here” state logo.

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Photography: Carrie Ann Photography | Venue: Springhill Pavilion | Dress Store: Eskay Bridal | Floral Designer: Fresh Designs | Caterer: Custom Dining Experiences | Hair Stylist: Sage Spa Living | Band: The Dirty Shame

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Maggie and Matt were married at the bride’s parent’s home in Waupaca, Wis. on June 23. The bride wore a v-neck a-line wedding gown, accessorized with a pair of lace TOMS shoes, while the groom wore a white button-up shirt, khaki pants, suspenders, accessorized with a checkered bow tie. Even their dog, Lunchbox, had a matching one! Bridesmaids wore handsewn vintage-inspired floral dresses from Etsy and carried organic daisy, billy ball, and greenery bouquets. Guests were greeted with wooden sign posts that directed them to either take a short walk or golf cart ride up the hill to the ceremony.  Maggie was escorted down the aisle with both her mother and father as a guitar was played and the best part? The newlyweds’ priceless reactions once they were announced husband and wife! The reception followed inside the barn decorated with bunting banners, blue mason jars, mix ‘n’ matched china, and vegetarian fare such as black bean and roasted pepper frittatas with warm mango vinaigrette. Bonus: the cake had M&M’s on it.

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Photography: Natural Intuition Photography

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